January: Nassau, Bahamas
Nathan Bai/Shutterstock There’s a reason so many people struggle with the winter blues during January. With days that turn into night before you’ve had time to digest your lunch, frequent snowfall, and chilly weather, the very thought of a beach might make you grin from ear-to-ear. For the idyllic getaway at the start of a new year, consider Nassau, Bahamas with just-about-perfect average temperatures of 72 degrees daily. If the white, sandy beaches and pretty blue waters aren’t enough to make you add to your Instagram story, the local seafood and sunsets will take your vacay to the next level of jealousy-inducing. Consider staying at the Grand Hyatt Mar. Here, you can snorkel with sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles at its Beach Sanctuary and sample their 20+ culinary offerings ranging from upscale to poolside. You’ll come back with a totally zen mindset to jump-start the year. Here are more of our favorite Caribbean destinations.
February: Park City, Utah
Johnny Adolphson/Shutterstock If you can’t beat the cold weather, you might as well join it—on the slopes, we mean. Park City Mountain Resort and Canyons Resort, the largest ski and snowboard resort in the country, is the place to go to celebrate the best of winter. It has a combined 7,300 acres, over 330 trails, 41 lifts, and terrain parks, so beginner and expert skiers and snowboarders will find something that’s just their speed. And with nonstop flights available from every corner of the U.S., it’s easy to pop over for a long weekend. Be sure to follow these eight essential rules for exercising in the cold.